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PLCs in China?

  1. Feb 13, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Does anyone know or have a reference indicating what PLC [programmable logic controller] brands are popular in China?
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2007 #2

    FredGarvin

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    Good luck finding that one out. I would venture a guess that because so many foreign countries set up factories over there that the usual suspects probably have foothold over there as well. I'll ask my electrical cohorts if they have heard anything on the topic.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2007 #3

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    I can ask one of our FAEs in China that question if you like. My company makes control networking solutions that compete with traditional PLCs, and our business is growing quite a bit in China.

    What applications are you interested in for the PLC question? Is it mainly for factory automation (if so, what kinds of factories), or some other type of automation?
     
  5. Feb 13, 2007 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Thanks guys.

    Aviation manufacturing.

    Berkeman, are you offering what was being called soft PLCs?
     
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  6. Feb 13, 2007 #5

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    I'm not sure if that term is applicable to Echelon's LonWorks control networks. They are peer-to-peer, CSMA networks, as opposed to the traditional master-slave PLCs. LonWorks networks are very popular in building control networking, for example. We have a new network technology called Pyxos FT (hey, I didn't make up the name, okay?), which uses TDMA and a master-slave architecture to acheive the determinism and high throughput of more traditional PLCs.

    I'll ping our FAE in China with your question. Give me a day or two to get the feedback for you.
     
  7. Feb 15, 2007 #6

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    Turns out this is New Year's week in China, and most places are closed. Our FAE got back to me that she needs to ask around a bit, and won't be able to contact people until next week. I'll let you know what she finds out.
     
  8. Feb 19, 2007 #7

    berkeman

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    Hi Ivan, Here is the reply that I just got from our Asian FAE:

    Hope that helps!
     
  9. Feb 19, 2007 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes indeed! I couldn't ask for more.

    Thanks. :cool:

    It is interesting that we don't see Mitsubishi on the list.
     
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